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Clearer picture of impending Nor'easter emerges

NEED TO KNOW
  • National Weather Service issues high wind and flood watches
  • 1 to 3 inches of rain & tropical force winds by Wednesday afternoon
Rain and thunderstorms will stretch from Atlanta to Jacksonville, and the Carolinas today as the storm gathers strength on its northbound date with New England.

Happy Election Tuesday.

Our impending Nor’easter continues to take shape over the southeast at this hour. 

Rain and thunderstorms will stretch from Atlanta to Jacksonville, and the Carolinas today as the storm gathers strength on its northbound date with New England. The latest models are painting an increasingly clear picture of the timing and impacts of this storm and the weather service has already issued high wind and coastal flood watches for parts of the northeast.

What to expect in Sandy-hit areas Wednesday:

  • Heavy rain 1-3”
  • Winds gusting to 50 mph
  • Coastal flooding possible

By early Wednesday, morning showers will spread up the coast from the DelMarVa to New York City with winds beginning a gusty trend of about 40 mph.  By Wednesday afternoon and night the worst of the storm will bear down on the areas hit hard by Sandy. We’re expecting 1-3 inches of rain on top of waterlogged soils accompanied by tropical storm force winds. 

HOW TO HELP VICTIMS OF SUPERSTORM SANDY

The heaviest rain and the windiest weather will stretch from the coast of Rhode Island down to Long Island and the Jersey shore. Some of these un-obstructed coastal locations could see brief gusts to hurricane force by Wednesday night. 

The snow threat for populated areas looks minimal, although it’s worth noting NYC and DC could both see brief flurries on Wednesday night into Thursday morning. The Catskills and Adirondack mountains of New England will see the heavier slushy accumulation this week. 

The storm is forecast to slow a bit while pulling away from the Northeast by Thursday night, showers will linger.

Editor's note: CNN International meteorologist Pedram Javaheri is in studio today filling in for Morning Express with Robin Meade meteorologist Bob Van Dillen.


 

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